Georgia has so many question marks heading into the 2016 campaign, particularly with the players who normally produce the points. Will Nick Chubb and Sony Michel be healthy? Who will the quarterback be? Who is going to play receiver, and will consistency and big play ability be there? Will the field goal/extra point kicking be consistent.
Great tailbacks can cure a lot of ills, and Georgia has two in Chubb and Michel, plus some capable backups. If one or both aren’t ready, there are major concerns as to how Georgia will score touchdowns and consistently move the ball? Outside of Terry Godwin and the tight ends, who is a play-maker Georgia can count on every down?
North Carolina’s defense was gashed in record fashion in the Russell Athletic Bowl, as Baylor ran for a bowl record 649 yards in a 49-38 victory over the Tar Heels. UNC defensive chief Gene Chizik has challenged the unit in the offseason, and pride alone should lead to an improved stop unit.
But who is going to run the football for Georgia, and is the offensive line going to A. Be settled, and B. Be a strength?
Last season, North Carolina did an excellent job moving the football throughout the year and could be even better in 2016 with Mitch Trubisky taking over at quarterback and Elijah Hood back at the tail. If Hood is able to pick up steady yardage in particular between the tackles, the Bulldogs are in big trouble, as the door would be opened for Trubisky to ravage the Georgia defense.
In the end, the winner of this one could be who stops the run better and which team can avoid those dreaded STD’s – Special Teams Disasters. They have been a constant source of angst in the 21st century for Georgia, and Smart’s top priority is turning the Bulldogs back into a team that thrives in the kicking game.